Sandwich-structured hollow fiber membranes for osmotic power generation

F.-J. Fu, S. Zhang, T.-S. Chung
Desalination, volume 376, 73-81, (2015)

Sandwich-structured hollow fiber membranes for osmotic power generation

Keywords

Sandwich-structured, Polybenzimidazole (PBI), Pressure retarded osmosis (PRO)

Abstract

​In this work, a novel sandwich-structured hollow fiber membrane has been developed via a specially designed spinneret and optimized spinning conditions. With this specially designed spinneret, the outer layer, which is the most crucial part of the sandwich-structured membrane, is maintained the same as the traditional dual-layer membrane. The inner substrate layer is separated into two layers: (1) an ultra-thin middle layer comprising a high molecular weight polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) additive to enhance integration with the outer polybenzimidazole (PBI) selective layer, and (2) an inner-layer to provide strong mechanical strength for the membrane. Experimental results show that a high water permeability and good mechanical strength could be achieved without the expensive post treatment process to remove PVP which was necessary for the dual-layer pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) membranes. By optimizing the composition, the membrane shows a maximum power density of 6.23 W/m2 at a hydraulic pressure of 22.0 bar when 1 M NaCl and 10 mM NaCl are used as the draw and feed solutions, respectively. To our best knowledge, this is the best phase inversion hollow fiber membrane with an outer selective PBI layer for osmotic power generation. In addition, this is the first work that shows how to fabricate sandwich-structured hollow fiber membranes for various applications.

Code

DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.08.018

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